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Feds Order Closure of Idaho Mine


Federal safety inspectors have ordered one of the nation’s deepest underground mines closed in northern Idaho following an investigation prompted by a series of accidents that killed two miners over the last year.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• IBLA rules against miner for "late" filing
• Wyoming appeals roadless decision
• Mercury reduction program slated for California
• Oregon wilderness
• Oregon miner prevails in lawsuit against Forest Service and District Ranger
• Canada pulls out of Kyoto Climate Treaty

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Refunds coming to Nevada claimholders
• More wilderness proposed
• Forest Service planning rule
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Legislative And Regulatory Update


• Republican bill would reopen Grand Canyon withdrawal
• Obama recommends additional fees and taxes on miners

Minnesota Delays Decision on Mineral Leases


Landowners complained that mineral mining on or near their property could damage property values while leaving them without a cut of potential profits.

Legislative And Regulatory Update


• Good news on EPA regs
• California rewards key appointment to dredging foe
• Republicans seek to block creation of National Monuments
• Zimbabwe threatens seizure of mining rights
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Oregon Dredge Permit Litigation Update


In other words, just like those that move next to an airport and then complain about the noise, Mr. Riskedahl deliberately went out of his way to “witness and document the effects of suction dredge mining,” and when he found some, he was annoyed by it!

Judge Denies Request To Delay Michigan Mine


Manderfield’s ruling opens the way for Kennecott Eagle to begin blasting. The company has declined to say when it will start. A spokeswoman said drilling would begin “in the coming weeks".

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Salazar pushes wilderness
• California Governor signs AB 120
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California Destroys Another Prospecting Business


His small business managed to pump millions of dollars over the years into the California economy.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• California suction dredging
• House shows support for public land use

Jury: Gov't Rightfully Seized 1933 Gold Coins


The verdict capped an unusual civil case that combined history, coin collecting and whether the $20 “double eagles” ever legally left the US Mint.
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Can't We Just Do Something?


We know we lack critical minerals. We know the causes. We know the need. We have the knowledge we need right now. Why can’t we just take action and fix the problem?

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Battle continues in the "Golden State"
• California Water Board needs your comments

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• More roadblocks to dredging in California
• Two Oregon Sheriffs challenge Forest Service authority
• Gold is money
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Dredge Mining—Current Situation in Idaho


Tomten concedes the scenario of federal environmental agents swooping in on river dredges near historic mining towns like Idaho City, Rocky Bar or Placerville remains unlikely.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Some good news for a change
• New 49ers win Karuk appeal
• Another Oregon bill of concern

Suction Dredging Update for California & Idaho


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The Disappearance of State Mining Departments


Unfortunately, mining is politically unpopular and support of the mining industry, no matter how many jobs it brings to a state, even in times of difficult financial need, is never popular among politicians of any stripe.

Proposed Regulations for California Suction Dredging


One of the most asinine proposals in the SEIR is to require miners to state when and where they will be dredging. This information would be accessible to the public, which would make them prime candidates for getting their homes burglarized while they are out mining.

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